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Everyday life from two bases, Taiwan and Japan.

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Ayumi Ogo
Writer / Planner / ten10

A freelance writer who loves the sea and lives in Shonan. Back and forth between Taiwan and Japan. Recently, he set up a "ten10 company" with a friend in Taiwan to undertake inbound work. I like traveling, photography and surfing.

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3.1.2021

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Feel the unique charm of Japan.

 

In the midst of the corona scare, it is impossible to travel abroad, as is the case in Taiwan.

However, since the infection has not spread that far within Taiwan, more and more people are traveling within Taiwan.

 

Taiwan's land area is about the same size as Kyushu in Japan, and since there are only a few prosperous areas, there are many rural towns that people don't have a chance to visit.

It is a fact that there are many rural towns that people don't have a chance to visit.

 

In fact, a Taiwanese friend of mine, who used to spend half of her time abroad, came back to Taiwan and started traveling around the country, which awakened her to the charm of Taitung.

Along with photos of the beautiful countryside, he sent me a message saying, "Taiwan is really great! (laughs).

Now that we can't go abroad, we often find unexpected charms when we look at the domestic scene.

 

I'm sure it's the same in Japan.

Now that I can't travel long distances, I feel that it is time for me to take a fresh look at my environment and be grateful for the things that I take for granted.

 
 

2.1.2021

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Chinese New Year in Taiwan, a must experience!


n Japan, it is already New Year, but in Taiwan, it is Chinese New Year.

This year's Chinese New Year is on February 12, so the week from February 10 is the New Year's vacation.

The Chinese New Year is similar to the Japanese culture in some ways, but also has a unique culture that is unique to the Chinese world, so it would be interesting to spend some time there. (Just be aware that if you go there for sightseeing, none of the stores will be open!

 

Just like New Year's Day in Japan, people usually go home to their parents' houses on New Year's Eve and have a New Year's Eve meal.

One of the most common foods eaten on New Year's Eve is "dumplings".

The shape of the dumplings resembles the old coin "Yuan Bao", which is why they became a "money inviting" food.

 

As the Chinese New Year approaches, you will see "chunlien" everywhere.

It is a piece of red paper with lucky words written on it in black or gold ink.

For example, the words "Fortune" and "Spring" are written on the paper, but when pasting them, they should be upside down.

This is because the word "upside down" (dao) means "arrival".

By pasting it upside down, it represents "good fortune coming" and "spring coming.

When you see it for the first time, you might think that it was put up by mistake, but when you hear the reason, it makes sense.

By the way, it's also fun to write with your friends.

Gold ink is something you don't see very often in Japan, so it's refreshing.

 

While there are other cultural aspects similar to Japan, such as New Year's gifts and cleaning, there is also the noisy aspect of setting off firecrackers (laughs).

The streets are decorated with Chinese New Year's decorations, and the atmosphere is full of New Year's spirit.

Please try to experience Taiwan during Chinese New Year.

1.3.2021

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Surprisingly cold? Winter in Taipei

When I was living in Taipei, my friends in Japan often told me that Taiwan was nice because it was warm even in winter.

But actually, winter in Taipei is quite harsh....

 

First of all, the weather is always bad.

In December, it rains all the time in Taipei.

My Taiwanese friend told me that in December of 2020, it rained for about three weeks straight.

Even when I lived there, it was normal to have more than one week of rainy days.

When it rains for that long, I feel depressed.

The sun is so important! I was reminded of the importance of the sun.

 

In addition, it was very humid even in winter.

In Japan, humidifiers are indispensable in winter, but in Taipei, dehumidifiers are indispensable.

This naturally lowers the temperature you feel.

Even if the temperature is the same as in Japan, it is much colder in Taipei.

It feels as if water is clinging to your body, and you get chilled to the bone.

And even though it is so cold, there is no "heating".

Generally speaking, air conditioners are equipped with heating and cooling functions, but air conditioners in Taipei only have cooling functions.

Since there is no heating system, heavy clothing is required even indoors.

Trains and restaurants are sometimes air-conditioned even in winter because of the humidity....

Looking back, it was quite a difficult situation.

 

So if you go to Taipei in the winter, please be prepared for the cold (laughs).

By the way, the southern part of Taiwan is sunny and warm even in winter, so I recommend Tainan and Kaohsiung if you want to go there in winter.

 

12.1.2020

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Reviewing "food" in your home time

As you spent more time at home this year, you may have had more opportunities to reevaluate your "food".

The idea of "taking care of your own health" has led to a rise in health consciousness.

I think we often hear people say that they are becoming more conscious of what they eat on a daily basis.

 

In this context, I've been hearing a lot about "veganism" lately, which means not eating animal products.

In other words, it means that people do not eat animal products.

In fact, the concept of veganism has been actively adopted in Taiwan for some time now.

In Taiwan, it's called "Taiwanese Elementary Food".

Originally, it referred to vegetarian food that was eaten for religious reasons.

Nowadays, there are many restaurants with signs that say "Taiwanese Food".

Taiwan's elementary schools have even incorporated "Meat Free Monday" into their school lunches.

In 2017, Taipei was featured as one of the ten largest vegan cities in the world by CNN in the United States.

 

These days, more and more trendy cafes in Taipei are vegan.

Sweets like muffins, cookies and cakes are also made without butter and milk.

(And they are so delicious!)

When it comes to healthier, greener, and more delicious

What does it mean to eat meat? That's right.

 

Veganism is not only healthy, but also environmentally friendly.

In order to consider the future of the earth-friendly lifestyle, it is important to

You may want to take a fresh look at your "food".

 
 

11.1.2020

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Work From Anywhere

It's not easy for me to go to Taiwan, but

The Corona disaster has given us the opportunity to rethink our lifestyle.

Now that telecommuting has become the norm and you can work from anywhere

Work and personal life.

The boundary between travel and residence has been erased.

We live in an age where people can freely choose their living environment.

In fact, more and more people are actually thinking about moving from the city center to the countryside.

 

Under such circumstances, my Taiwanese friends and I have been quietly working on a project.

If there's an option to live in the countryside.

Can we take the plunge and say "Taiwan" as an option?

Rather than travel, I'm going to try to live a little longer in a "micro-dwelling

In addition, a "long stay" to connect with the people living in the area.

And to "residence" where you can enjoy living and working.

Just as with rural migration.

We thought we would launch a service to help people think more easily about moving to Taiwan.

 

Taiwan is a good environment for Japanese to live in.

And yet, you can also feel the different culture.

As the first step to consider a new lifestyle

We feel that "Taiwan" is the perfect place for us.

Please take a look at our "Taiwan Migration Plan" page.

If you would like to experience Taiwan first hand, you are more than welcome to check it out.

We hope that you will be able to visit Taiwan as soon as possible.

 

10.3.2020

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Different ways of thinking about "work"

When you talk to the local people in Taiwan, you may be surprised to learn that their attitude towards work is completely different from that of Japan.

In Japan, it is considered good to work for one company for a long time, but in Taiwan, the opposite is true.

Because there is no guarantee of long-term employment unless you are paid according to a seniority system, there are many people who change jobs in search of a workplace with better benefits.

 

Furthermore, considering the cost of living in Taiwan, the average annual salary for a salaried worker is quite low.

If that's the case, "I want to start my own business and make good money! It's also characteristic of many young people who think "I want to be a part of this".

In fact, many people in their twenties and thirties are starting their own businesses, and it seems that they have a clear vision of what they want to be from a young age.

 

Maybe that's one of the reasons why Taiwanese people are more willing to try things out than they are to think about the risks.

If you are Japanese, you would think about the risks first and get stuck in, but for the Taiwanese, it's all about speed.

In fact, the shops that line the streets of Taiwan are opening and closing repeatedly.

It's relatively easy for anyone to open a store, so people seem to think that if they can't make it, they just close it.

People don't seem to care about the public's opinion, so it's probably just a sense of "If it works, you're lucky.

However, Taiwanese people are like that from start to finish, so I guess it took a little bit of thought to figure that out. This happens a lot (laughs).

 

What is important is the balance between the two.

If we can combine the boldness of Taiwanese people and the cautiousness of Japanese people, we will be able to develop a good business.

 


 

9.4.2020

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The Relationship Between Taiwan and Art

When you're in Taiwan, you'll often see streets and buildings that are much more stylish than Japan's. Even the packaging in cafes and grocery stores is stylish. Even the packaging of casual products in cafes and grocery stores is stylish.
I'm amazed at their good taste.

This sense of "art" is actually something that is cultivated in Taiwan on a daily basis.
We have an environment that allows people to feel art all around them.
In particular, due to the "Cultural Creation Policy" announced by the Taiwanese government in 2002, industries that combine culture and creativity are encouraged throughout Taiwan.
As a result, the city's art culture can be found throughout the city.
The historic old buildings of the city have been transformed into art spaces where visitors can see the work of various creators.

In Taipei, it's Huashan 1914 Cultural and Creative Park. In Tainan, there is the famous Blueprint Cultural and Creative Park. Both spots were built by renovating buildings built during the Japanese colonial era. There are cafes and general stores lined up inside, and young creators can casually exhibit their work or set up shop here.
I feel that this environment, where anyone can work as a creator, has contributed to the development of art.

 

Contemporary art may be unfamiliar to Japanese people, but in Taiwan, it's surprisingly accessible.
If you ever visit Taiwan, please take a look at the relationship between Taiwan and art.

 

8.2.2020

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Eco-consciousness for everyone

On July 1, Japan started charging for plastic bags.

But the truth is that our neighboring country, Taiwan, has banned free plastic bags since 2002.

Taiwan has always been highly eco-conscious, partly because of its lack of land and resources.

Taiwan is said to be one of the most eco-friendly countries in Asia, and its recycling rate is among the highest in the world.

 

Only in the last few years have we heard the word "eco" frequently in Japan.

It is said that Japan is quite a bit behind other developed countries in this regard.

 

Ethical and sustainable culture has already taken root in Taiwan, especially among young people.

Carrying your own bottle, as well as your own straw, is commonplace these days.

From July 2019, plastic straws will no longer be offered.

In Taiwan, where tapioca and other drink stands are everywhere, walking around with a drink in hand is an everyday occurrence.

The amount of plastic consumed is completely different from using a plastic straw every time and carrying around your own straw.

That's why the stylish straws are coming out in droves.

You can even find brushes for washing your own straws.

 

There was even a music festival that was talked about that didn't offer disposable tableware at its food and drink stalls.

All attendees brought their own tableware or rented eco-friendly tableware from the venue.

 

However, if you find your favorite bag or bottle and incorporate it into your lifestyle, it will become a part of your daily life.

 

Let's have fun while thinking about ecology in accordance with our future lifestyle.

 
 

7.1.2020

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Beyond ethnic differences

One of my favorite movies is the Taiwan movie “KANO”. The story is based on the true story that a Taiwanese school participated in Koshien in 1931 during the Japanese rule, as the copy "Koshien across the Sea 1931" is attached. The stage is Chiayi, a town in southern Taiwan. Under the guidance of the Japanese director, the small team of mixed ethnicity, “Kayi Agricultural and Forestry Baseball Club (KANO)” in Chiayi, aims to participate in Koshien. I wanted to watch it all the time, but I was missing the timing, but it was by accident that I was able to watch this movie on a flight to Taiwan.

Like any history, Taiwan in the Japanese era has light and darkness. Each person has their own perspective, and each person has a different historical perception. I think that there is a place that cannot be called "good" or "bad". However, "We wanted to draw in the movie, not in the political history and background of Taiwan and Japan, but in the dedicated eyes of moving people," said Wei Darshon, the scriptwriter. As you can see, the film depicts Japanese, Taiwanese, and aboriginal people moving towards one dream of "Koshien," transcending each other's positions, values, and ethnic groups. Instead of discriminating against each other as an ethnic group, we recognize each other's values. And I feel that it teaches me the importance of looking back at my identity. Race issues that are relevant to any age. Now, if we can once again recognize each other's values... The world may change more.

"KANO" creates an opportunity to reconsider the relationship between Japan and Taiwan and your own country. Not only for baseball lovers, but for those who don't, you can enjoy it, so please take a look at it while you are at home.

 

 

 

6.1.2020

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Tolerance and freedom.

I got help from a company headquartered in Taiwan,

Working with a Taiwanese friend,

Recently, “Taiwan” has something to do with something.

Warm people in a cityscape that feels nostalgic.

For some reason, if you fall in love with that charm, you can't escape...

It's a strange country (laughs).

 

Did you know that "pink" has recently become a little booming in Taiwan?

 

In Taiwan, the government collectively manages masks under the influence of the new coronavirus that spreads all over the world.

Therefore, I can't choose the color of the mask that I can get...

One boy was worried that he would be teased if he wore a pink mask.

The men at the new Coronavirus countermeasures headquarters, who heard such stories, wore pink masks themselves at the press conference.

He said, "Pink is also good."

 

From there, a hashtag called "# Gold-colored gender (regardless of gender regardless of color)" spread and pink became a boom.

There was a slight movement that the number of companies that changed the logo to pink also increased.

 

Taiwan values new ideas rather than traditional gender and customs.

The idea of "accepting" rather than refusing may be creating that warm national character.

 

Taiwanese people are very good at accepting new ideas.

Is it because of the historical background that it was governed by various countries, including Japan?

It feels like the culture isn't tied to fixed ideas, but to respond flexibly and sometimes.

This forgiveness and the freedom of not imposing values may be the biggest reason to be attracted to this country.

Do not hesitate to contact me to discuss a possible project or learn more about my work.

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